Zero Day (2003)



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Andre (Andre Keuck) and Cal (Calvin Robertson) seem like fairly ordinary high school students. Andre is a quiet loner, and he's a bit obsessed with munitions. Cal, Andre's only friend, is slightly more adept socially. He even has a friend, Rachel (Rachel Benichak), who's a girl. But Andre and Cal have big plans. They're going to be famous one day. And they're going to teach what they see as a valuable lesson to everyone at their hated high school. Zero Day, the feature debut of Benjamin Coccio, … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ben Coccio, Christopher Coccio, Chris Coccio
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On DVD: Apr 5, 2005
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as Andre Kriegman

as Cal Gabriel

as Rachel Lurie

as Chris Kriegman

as Andre's Father

as Andre's Mother

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Critic Reviews for Zero Day

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (20)

My reaction to Zero Day closely mirrored my reaction to Gus Van Sant's Elephant. Neither film tries to exploit tragedy, but I'm not sure either succeeds in telling us much we don't already know.

May 28, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Full Review… | May 21, 2004
Detroit Free Press
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A pointless and tiresome exercise.

Full Review… | January 22, 2004
Houston Chronicle
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Mr. Coccio's conclusions -- or lack thereof -- may seem a little pat at times, but as a pseudo-case study of adolescent ego and aimless nihilism channeled into a fit of violence, it's like a bucket of ice water in the face.

Full Review… | January 22, 2004
Dallas Morning News
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Small, often-riveting movie.

Full Review… | January 9, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
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Insidious and haunting.

Full Review… | December 5, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Zero Day


Andre: Ready?
Calvin: Aim...

While Zero Day isn't a pleasant film, it is a very well made film. It's extremely realistic in every way and is based off of the Columbine shootings. The two kids Andre and Cal are troubled and finally break and devise a plan that they call Zero Day. The two actors, Andre Keuck and Calvin Robertson are very believable in their roles.

The buildup to Zero Day is made with patience and is as important as the events at the end. We learn how they will execute their plan, we see them around their parents, and we see how they interact with each other. They talk like they are in the military; even calling themselves The Army of Two and saying everything they do is a mission.

The ending is incredibly well-done and ultra-realistic. It's shocking, chilling, haunting, and disturbing. This kind of stuff has happened before and the way the filmmaker tackled the ending was respectful. He didn't show too much, but just enough. This movie really does deserve to be taken seriously and to be seen by more people.

Melvin White

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Shockingly, ultra realistic take on the Columbine-like shootings. A harrowing, raw and frightening experience. This is a must see!

jd cryptic

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One of my favourite movies of all time, inspired by "the basement tapes" yet to be released made by the victims of the Columbine Tragedy. Paired with the same low grade camera style of the tapes. The ending is highly engaging, but the entire movie is thought provoking.

Sharon Britto

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